Isle of Wight art shop to close after 35 years in Newport

A family owned Isle of Wight art shop will close its doors this month after serving the island for more than three decades.

Forget Me Not on Upper St James’ Street stocked a range of top brands, as well as local and cheaper art supplies.

Artists came to explore the shop for its canvases, paints and easels, and a huge range of greeting cards, board games, children’s and art books, stationery and much more.

The business, which calls the old post office home, was started by former owners Anne and John Toogood some 35 years ago.

Since 2005, the company belongs to Clara Kureen.

Clara was looking for someone to take over the art shop, but no one could be found to continue the business.

A new owner for the property has been found, with contract talks underway, who would bring an exciting adventure to the store – but it won’t be returning as an art store.

The shop will be open for the next few weeks until all stock, now at half price, runs out, with Clara leaving the property by September 1.

Clara said: “Thank you all for your custom over the years and for keeping the business going.

“I hope that we will come across the regulars from time to time.

“If anyone still has vouchers for the shop, come in and redeem them before we leave.”

She will soon be retiring to relax and enjoy every minute.